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Mar 17, 2015

U.S. FCC inspector general reviewing net neutrality process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has opened an investigation into how the agency arrived at its new rules for Internet service providers, U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz said at a hearing on Tuesday.

Republicans have accused the FCC, an independent agency, of being unduly influenced by the White House in setting stricter “net neutrality” rules earlier this year. The rules largely followed the tack that President Barack Obama publicly supported in a video released in November, which sought a more drastic change in the regulatory regime for Internet providers than the one previously proposed by the FCC.

Mar 17, 2015

AT&T-DirecTV merger escapes heat as all eyes on Comcast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed acquisition of satellite television company DirecTV is getting a smooth ride from U.S. regulators and industry rivals, who instead are directing their firepower at a merger deal between the nation’s two biggest cable operators.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission filings and interviews with several people familiar with the Justice Department show the $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV deal is getting far less attention than Comcast Corp’s agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45 billion.

Mar 15, 2015

U.S. Senate leader: Obama on verge of ‘very bad deal’ with Iran

WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican
leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that President Barack
Obama was on the verge of making a “very bad deal” on Iran’s
nuclear program and made clear that Congress will weigh in on
any agreement.

“Apparently the administration is on the cusp of entering
into a very bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world
that would allow them to continue to have their nuclear
infrastructure,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union”
program. “We’re alarmed about it.”

Mar 3, 2015

U.S. watchdog chairman defends new broadband regulations

BARCELONA/WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – New rules to
tighten regulation of U.S. broadband providers are not too
invasive and are needed to defend consumers’ interests and
openness on the internet, the chairman of the U.S.
telecommunications industry watchdog said on Tuesday.

Some telecom and cable companies exaggerated when they
complained the moves would harm them or cripple innovation on
the web, Tom Wheeler, the head of the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), said at the Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona.

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. regulators vote to set new, tougher net neutrality rules

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday imposed the toughest
rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair
treatment of all web traffic through their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party
lines, with Democrats in favor, to approve new “net neutrality”
rules that seek to restrict broadband providers’ power to
control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially
giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more.

Feb 26, 2015

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed “net neutrality” rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more.

Feb 20, 2015

On U.S. net neutrality rules, 11th-hour push against vague rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote on new rules for high-speed Internet service, one aspect of the rules is drawing criticism from both opponents and proponents of tighter regulation.

The FCC, which is set to vote next week to regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies, has introduced a so-called “general conduct” provision in the latest version of the rules that aim to ensure net neutrality, the principle that all web traffic should be treated equally.

Feb 18, 2015

Mobile presses U.S. to change rules for sale of airwaves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile’s chief executive on Wednesday called the recent U.S. auction of airwaves “a disaster” for American consumers as he took aim at rules that allowed Dish Network Corp to partner with companies that may qualify for some $13 billion in discounts.

Satellite provider Dish and biggest U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc won most of the licenses in the record-breaking $45 billion auction of spectrum that ended last month.

Feb 12, 2015

Banker joins FCC pro bono to help with broadcast auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. investment banker has joined the Federal Communications Commission as an unpaid special adviser to help the agency prepare for next year’s auction of broadcast airwaves to wireless carriers, an agency spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Lawrence Chu, who began helping the FCC make financial projections for the auction last year, has left his managing director position at New York investment bank Greenhill & Co.

Feb 5, 2015

For Google, new FCC rules may bring unfamiliar government oversight

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) major business operations could fall under the day-to-day jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the first time, potentially subjecting the fast-moving Internet company to regulations it has often criticized.

Aiming to set “net neutrality” rules that guide how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, the FCC will vote Feb. 26 on whether to impose tighter regulations by classifying them more like traditional telephone companies.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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